I saw V for Vendetta last night, which i thought was a pretty good movie. Odd and Orwellian…just the way I like 'em. Throughout the movie everyone is watching a lot of TV. To my surprise (and disappointment), I started to wonder why this future public was portrayed as still watching TV all the time instead of having a ton of small screens and interactive Internet type stuff (which is what everyone is predicting will happen). I'm not sure, but I think that pretty much guarantees me a star on the Nerd Walk of Fame.
First of all, please excuse my ignorance and unwillingness to research this topic, but I think that I figured out why the software industry has such a problem with piracy…
700 DOLLARS! Are you kidding? I can't imagine why people would be going out of their way to get free copies of it. Is there really nothing they can do about that? It seems to me that if the pricing was more accessible, people would be more willing to pay for it. Isn't there some way they could rent it to students or the general population for a year at a substantially smaller price? Short term, they would make money from people who are currently using their product for free, and in the long term this would create more users who would be willing to pay for ownership of the full version. It's just a matter of percentages. The more people that use the product and become well versed in it, the more people will be willing to continue to pay for it. Maybe I'm unreasonable, but it seems like cutting down on piracy might have more to it than creating tougher security measures.
I was just thinking about how we didn't get any snow again this year, and how I wish that we had. It reminded me of all the times as a kid that we were supposed to receive school canceling amounts of snowfall and didn't. There is no uglier color than the green of grass when you're expecting to look outside and see the next ice age.